A group of creative students have had a behind-the-scenes snapshot of one of Britain’s most celebrated photographers.
The Photography, Access and Art & Design students from Cornwall College St Austell, met the renowned documentary photographer Martin Parr, during an exhibition at his headquarters in Bristol.
The Martin Parr Foundation houses the photographer’s own archive of work spanning 45 years.
Parr, who is known for his intimate, satirical and anthropological look at aspects of modern life, is widely acknowledged as one of the most significant documentary photographers of post-war Britain.
The Foundation, located at Bristol’s Paintworks, is also home to a growing collection by selected British and Irish photographers and images taken in the British Isles by international photographers.
Student Sharron Malpass from Roche is studying the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Photography at Cornwall College St Austell. Sharron said the visit was an “eye opening” experience.
“Visiting the Martin Parr Foundation was a wonderful opportunity, I thoroughly enjoyed it,” she explained.
“It has really cemented my understanding of the importance of studying the history and context behind other photographers work and how it relates to what I am producing myself. Having an insight into the archive of work and getting to see original prints by some incredible photographers was just unforgettable.”
The students were shown around by Archivist Isaac Blease, who arranged a first-hand viewing of archival prints by Bernd & Hilla Becher, William Eggleston, Richard Billingham, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Chris Killip.
Photography Lecturer Will Teakle from Cornwall College said it was an “amazing experience” to spend time with the staff from the Foundation and “share in their knowledge and passion for photography”.
“It was a fantastic day,” he continued.
“Martin was so generous with his time, asking our students about themselves and their photography. It was very exciting for our students to have a selfie with one of the most influential photographers of the last 30 years. A big thank you to Martin Parr, Isaac Blease and the Martin Parr Foundation for hosting us.”
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